A Very Merry Ice Hawk Christmas to All!
To continue the tradition of our Past-President, Chris Atchison, we are re-publishing his annual Ice Hawks poem:
The Victoria Ice Hawks Christmas Eve Skate
(’Twas The Night Before Christmas)
’Twas the night before Christmas and all-round the block,
Not a creature was stirring, not a single Ice Hawk.
Each young puckster was dreaming, fast asleep in their beds,
While visions of skates, sticks and jerseys danced in their heads.
And with Mom gently snoring, and Dad still frantically wrapping,
I woke up in a flash as my window was tapping.
And I peeked past the curtain a stared out through the glass
And couldn’t believe what was there on my grass!
It was ice, and some boards, and some paint for good measure.
I looked out at this rink with sheer magical pleasure.
I threw on some warm clothes, grabbed my skates, puck and stick
And headed out to the rink – I was faster than quick!
I laced up my blades and stepped on the ice,
Where I strided and glided and fell once or twice.
I was soon joined by team mates and Ice Hawks of all ages
Like someone had freed all the birds from their cages!
With the moon and the stars shining light on our space
Yet nothing was brighter than the smiles on each face.
We skated miles in our enchanted evening of shinny
Without the slightest attention to losing or winning.
The game only ended when we were too tired to play
And slowly each Ice Hawk just skated away.
To the warmth and the comfort of their home and bed
With joyous dreams of hockey still fresh in their heads.
Christmas morning was nearing, but for now it could wait
For each Ice Hawk still dreamt of their Christmas Eve skate.
And when morning arrives – with everything you may get,
Remember the importance of “Smiles, Skills and Sweat”
For the Ice Hawks – this motto will always ring true –
So Merry Christmas and sweet hockey dreaming to you!
The VMHA Executive would like to wish all VMHA Ice Hawk players, families and friends the very best over the holiday season and for the New Year awaiting us!
(first written by Chris Atchison and circulated to the VMHA Membership on December 23, 2013)